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Biography

Sonny Vincent (born 1953) is a punk rock musician. He has been active since the mid-1970s, when he was part of the New York City punk rock scene.

Vincent formed the Testors in 1976 with Gene Sinigalliano (guitar) and Gregory R (drums). They played New York clubs such as Max's Kansas City and CBGB with groups such as Mink DeVille, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, The Cramps and Suicide, and toured nationwide with the Dead Boys. Testors released a 7" single, "Together" b/w "Time Is Mine" on Bleeker Bob's "Drive-In" label.

In 1981, Testors disbanded and Vincent moved to Minneapolis where he formed Sonny Vincent and The Extreme with Michael Phillips (guitar), Jeff Rogers (drums) and the late Mort Bauman (bass guitar). The group toured the U.S. and released another single, "SVE" with the songs, "Wingdale," "Top Dog" and "Phantom." The group also made the bizarre film "Mannequin World" on the streets of Minneapolis. It was shown on television in the Twin Cities only once, after which the host of the program remarked, "I sure hope the boss wasn't watching." In 1983, Sonny was involved in a performance art project that saw him banned from the grounds of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

The Extreme disbanded and Vincent went on to form groups with revolving lineups, such as Model Prisoners, Shotgun Rationale, The Dons, Sonny Vincent and the Guevaras, Sonny Vincent and his Rat Race Choir, before recording and releasing several albums under his own name in recent years.

Vincent has performed and recorded with musicians such as Wayne Kramer, Maureen Tucker, Scott Asheton, Captain Sensible, Cheetah Chrome, Bob Stinson, Walter Lure, Brian James, Thurston Moore, Richard Lloyd, Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, Jad Fair, John Sluggett, Greg Ginn, Lance of Athens GA and Kim Shattuk.

Vincent continues to perform and record with various musicians that he has met and worked with over the years.

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